A novel of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, "Ransom "tells the story of th...more
David Malouf in Ransom (2009) re-tells Homer’s story of Priam’s ransom of the body of his son Hector from Achilles. While the Classical world focussed on the role of fate in the lives of Kings and heroes; Malouf writes of the dual role of fate and chance. The re-telling is thus addressed to us, who have forgotten perhaps both the role of fate and that of chance, so...more
This compact novel, with its Homericly noble prose, is surprsingly powerful. It is not the story of the gods and goddesses, but the story of humans and human failings and feelin...more
On this he treated the body of Hector with contumely: he pierced the sinews at the back of both his feet from heel to ancle and passed thongs of ox-hide through the slits he had made: thus he made the body fast to his chariot, letting the head trail upon the ground. Then when he had put the goodly armour on the chariot and had himself mounted, he lashed his horses on and they flew forward nothing loth. The dust rose from Hector as he was being dragged along, his dark hair flew all abroad, and h
In this novel, David Malouf re-enters the world of the Iliad, to recount the story of Achilles, Patroclus and Hector and provides a very different telling of Priam’s journey to the Greek camp. And what a wonderful storytelling it is!
‘Dreams are subtle, shifting, they are meant to be read, not taken literally.’
At the end of the novel, Mr Malouf writes that the primary focus of the story is on storytelling its...more
The mighty Hector falls in battle, and his body is defiled and literally dragged through the mud. For eleven days, the people of Troy watch in horror from behind their w...more
I really got into the story in the middle when a local carter, Somax, is introduced. The way Priam and Soma...more
While it provides a companion piece to Homer’s epic tale, it works just as well as a stand- alone novel, thanks to Malouf’s well drawn characters and poetic prose.
Ransom provides a back story to an event that features only briefly in Homer’s poem: that of Priam, King of Troy, asking for the body of his slain son from the Greek warrior Achilles.
In Malouf’s imaginings, Priam is inspired by the gods to do some...more
Malouf's novel takes as its inspiration a series of events that occur...more
This is another book I had to read for school this year and, like the others, most most people don’t seem to enjoy it. I however really do like this novel. I can see how it can be a confusing novel, I was confused to (although that’s probably because I didn’t really listen when the teacher read the last two parts). But if you can get past the confusing way this no...more